Our Team

Our Team
Richard A. Marin

Chief Executive Officer

Rich is a 42-year finance, real estate, and venture capital industry executive. He was previously a senior executive at three major financial institutions; Bankers Trust Company, Deutsche Bank and Bear Stearns. Later in his career he focused on building and running large asset management businesses in both the traditional and alternative spaces and in the institutional and high net worth markets. He also served as Chairman and CEO of AFI (USA), a major distressed commercial and residential property developer. Most recently he served as CEO of the New York Wheel.

Jeff Olear

Vice President of Procurement & Logistics

Jeff is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of manufacturing, sales, material handling and supply chain management. Most recently he held several positions for PNY Technologies, Inc. in Parsippany NJ, including VP of Supply Chain. In this role Jeff oversaw the development and management of a global forecasting and inventory control system, a freight and logistics management system and customer report card communication process.

Deron Pearson

Co-Founder & Vice Chairman

Deron was CEO and Co-Founder of Nexus IS. Inc. He was responsible for strategy, leadership, growth and development of nexus as it grew into a $600 million business. In 2004, Deron led the management buy-out of the former operations of Nexus from Expanets, and acted as President and Chief Operating Officer through 2008.

John P. Hughes

Vice President of Engineering

John is a seasoned business executive with more than 35 years of experience in operations, manufacturing, engineering, business development and product management. Prior to joining LERC, he spent 25 years with PNY Technologies, Inc., a global manufacturer and distributor of computer-related technology products, most recently as Senior Vice President of Business Development. John served as Vice President of Operations and Director of Manufacturing with PNY. During his career at PNY, he was responsible for the design and management of a high-volume manufacturing plant, the management of all US operations, and the executive management of international operations in Asia Pacific and Latin America.

Joshua Persky

Vice President of Process & Design

He has developed high tech ceramic solutions for turbine blades for Pratt and Whitney, and high temperature ceramic applications and fuel cells at CoorsTek. In his previous role as the Director of Fuel Cell Materials at Protonex Technology, Joshua developed and managed innovative material solutions and processes for solid oxide fuel cells with a primary focus on cell and stack components. He has managed multiple government funded product development programs including a very successful phase I and phase II SBIR from NASA, where he created innovative high surface area lamellar structured SOFC anode support. Joshua holds multiple patents in his field. He is passionate about bringing new energy solutions to market and electrifying rural and impoverished areas.

Marc X. LoPresti Esq.

General Counsel

During his 19+ years of practice as a securities attorney, Marc has structured and launched numerous ventures. In addition to his role of General Counsel of LERC, Marc is the Founder of LoPresti Law Group, P.C., co-founder of BattleFin Group, LLC and a recognized authority on alternative investments, appearing regularly on CNBC and other news outlets. He now serves on various advisory boards and management committees, including an innovative renewable energy company, an emerging hedge fund manager investment platform and an SEC-registered investment adviser with over $500 million AUM.

Tim Flanagan

Vice President of Finance

Tim is a CPA, has an MBA in Taxation, and has extensive experience in all aspects of finance and administration. He began his career with Ernst & Young, and then spent the next 10 years working for the New York Times where he held a wide variety of financial positions. For the next 16 years Tim worked at International Creative Management (ICM), a full service major talent agency, where he was Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration, functioning as Administrative Head of the New York office. Tim then served as the CFO for various organizations. Most recently, he served as partner for CFO Consulting Partners LLC and as Director of Finance for the New York Wheel.

Dale Bernstein

Vice President of Human Resources

Dale is an experienced Chief Human Resources Officer. Ms. Bernstein serves as a trusted confidant and advisor to Board members, senior management, and employees. Dale has founded Uncommon Human Resources. Prior to founding Uncommon Human Resources, Dale was the Global Chief Human Resource Officer for NYSE Euronext. Dale is also a member of several professional organizations and an elected member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women.

Our Team